Family-run skate park to stay open

The Warehouse Leyland skate park in Talbot Road
The Warehouse Leyland skate park in Talbot Road

The boss of a Leyland skate park has spoken of his relief at being told his new business can continue to operate in the town.

Peter Chandler, who opened The Warehouse Leyland on Talbot Road during the summer holidays, applied for retrospective planning approval from South Ribble Council after it emerged he did not have the right permission to use the unit for an indoor skate and BMX park.

Neighbours also complained that there was too much noise coming from the site, so Mr Chandler was told to reduce his opening hours until the application went through.

He was given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee to continue operating his business last Wednesday night and now has nine weeks to sound-proof the building before he can increase the opening times again.

He said: “It feels like a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.

“It’s a family business and my three children run the skate park, so it’s such good news for us all that The Warehouse can stay open. Things have been so uncertain up until now.”

He added: “The future is looking good; I’m relieved that the business can carry on because it’s been very popular.

“We’ve been turning people away during the days because we’re full, and they’ve asked if they can come back at night.

“So it’ll be good once we’re able to stay open later and let more customers through the door.”

Coun Matthew Tomlinson, who represents the Golden Hill ward where the skate park is located, said: “Those who complained about the noise don’t have a problem with the skate park in general; they just don’t want to put up with the noise of the boards landing on the ramps when they’re sat in their gardens.

“I’m really pleased the plans were passed, and I hope the issue can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction now.”